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Can You Afford to Rent in Washington, D.C.?

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In the past, Curbed has been able to quantify how much you need to make in an hour or in a year to afford Washington, D.C.'s rent, but for those of you who would like to look at how much you personally can afford with your income, see what Curbed has to say below.

Now, the rule of thumb is that you shouldn't spend more than 30 percent of your gross income on an apartment. So, for a quick calculation, take the total amount of income you make in a month and divide it by 30. That number is the maximum amount of rent you can afford. Be careful on where you choose to rent, though, as 25 percent of D.C. renters spend more than half of their income on rent.

Below, you'll find some quick calculations to see what you can spend on your rent. To see how much bang you can get out of your buck on monthly rent, check out Curbed DC's Curbed Comparisons.


Combined Annual Income:
Maximum Monthly Rent:


30,000
1,000


35,000
1,166


40,000
1,333


45,000
1,500


50,000
1,666


55,000
1,833


60,000
2,000


65,000
2,166


70,000
2,333


75,000
2,500


80,000
2,666


85,000
2,833


90,000
3,000


95,000
3,166


100,000
3,333


125,000
4,166


150,000
5,000


175,000
5,833


200,000
6,666


225,000
7,500


250,000
8,333


275,000
9,166


300,000
10,000



· Rent to Income: How Much Can I Afford For Rent? [Naked Apartments Blog]
· The Beginner's Guide to Renting in Washington, D.C. [Curbed DC]
· Washington, D.C. Has the Fourth Highest Rents in the Nation [Curbed DC]

[Curbed DC]
· You Need $77K/Year to Afford Washington, D.C.'s Rent [Curbed DC]
· You Need to Make $28.04/Hour to Afford a Two-Bed Apartment in Washington, D.C. [Curbed DC]